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According To This Fox News Anchor, The El Paso Terrorist Is Right, There Is An Invasion Of Hispanics

Earlier this week Brian Kilmeade went on Fox& Friends to defend the use of the term “invasion” when talking about the situation at the U.S./Mexico border.

He was responding to a tweet by Barack Obama, which went far beyond the usual “thoughts and prayers” template we’re used to seeing.

Obama specifically called out the rhetoric used by our country’s leadership. At rallies and conferences and television panels, you’ll hear the same words being thrown around – Invasion, Infestation, Hordes.

Here’s what Brian Kilmeade said on Fox & Friends:

It’s unclear where Kilmeade is receiving his numbers from. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics, 71,999 individuals were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border last month which is actually down from previous months. Even if you took an average total per month for the year, the number still hovers around 89,000, more than half of which are women and children, many of whom are applying for asylum.

But that’s beside the point, I guess.

The real reason why people are talking about Brian’s recent statements is because he is defending the word usage of the President and the El Paso shooter.

Even after it was made known that the El Paso shooter used the same language in his manifesto that is frequently used by the President and others in his support network, it seems that no one intends to re-evaluate the impact of how they speak about immigrants.

People were calling out Fox for basically endorsing white Supremacist talking points.

How can you be ok with repeating the exact same language used by a terrorist? And not just repeating it, actually defending it!

In fact, they are ready to double down in what can be seen as an irresponsible use of language.

So if you take a word like “invasion” or “hordes” or “infestation”, because of the context we usually see these words in, we may get the sense that there is a battle to be won. “Infestation” certainly drums up a visceral feeling of uncleanliness.

People are pretty upset about the refusal to take any responsibility for how the El Paso shooter might have become radicalized by the ideas they push forward. 

Fox News, the President, and basically every politician associated with the NRA, Are blaming everything from social video games, Gary marriage, and even drag queens. Literally everything except guns and white supremacy.

Some are even calling for advertisers to pull support from the show.

How much do words matter? Quite a bit according to a 2016 study by researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Southern California. The study details how words can impart positive or negative feelings based on the context they are usually used in. The speaker may not have the intention of influencing the listener in a certain way, but it happens anyway. 

Irene Sanchez wrote a well-research article about the long history of violence against Latinos in the United States for CNN recently. In the article, she talks about how hate crimes against Latinos has risen by 24% since Trump took office and does not believe it is a coincidence. She says, “All these words are used to describe us and our communities to dehumanize us and justify use of violence…equating us to pests, less than human, and undeserving of any rights.” 

Couple this with the fact that repetition is infectious. This language is repeated over and over again in different venues across multiple platforms. In a 2016 study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, the researchers write, “In two experiments we demonstrate that selectively repeating information in favor of a particular decision alternative changes preference ratings in favor of this alternative and makes a decision for this alternative more likely.” In other words, you can definitely influence someone to have a certain opinion just by making sure they hear what you want them to believe over and over again.

The specific words being used as the conversation about immigration continues to broil on, hold a lot of power in how the public perceives and in turn responds to the information they are being given. We can’t be surprised when words that imply violence beget violence. Does anyone think Trump, Kilmeade, Fox & Friends, and others don’t KNOW that? Please.

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Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Is Signing His First Day In Office

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Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Is Signing His First Day In Office

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President Joe Biden has a lot of work ahead of him and he is hitting the ground running. On his first day in office, President Biden has a series of executive actions he is signing to reverse a lot of the damage created by the Trump administration. Here are some of the things President Biden will do with these actions.

The border wall on the southern border is done, y’all.

President Biden is saving the taxpayers billions of dollars by halting the construction of President Trump’s border wall. The border wall is one of former President Trump’s several unfulfilled promises at the expense of the taxpayers.

Despite his unrelenting campaign, Mexico never paid a dime to the wall. President Biden’s action to halt the border wall is a humanitarian and conservationist move that will save billions of tax dollars. According to estimates, there would be $3.3 billion in unused funds in the projects accounts.

The emotionally devastating Muslim ban will finally come to an end.

Former President Trump famously put an end to travel from predominantly Muslim countries. The order arbitrarily excluded a group of people based on their religion. The order that has kept families apart for years is finally coming to an end thanks to President Biden.

President Biden’s ation will bring families together and safeguards the rights of religious freedom. The ban has kept spouses separated, children apart from parents, and caused real damage. There is more to be done to make up for the stain on American history and the action is the first step.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is toast.

We all remember the terrifying scenes of Native people being brutalized by federal officials under Trump’s command. President Biden will make sure that the permit for the pipeline is revoked and put an end to a project that has been devastating the Native community. Activists have been fighting for years to get this done.

Undocumented people will have to be included in census counts.

President Biden is getting rid of the Trump administration’s terrible policy of ignoring undocumented people in the census. There have been several arguments by officials that the move would work to undermine certain states. The policy would take federal money away from states that did not support the former president and have high undocumented populations.

President Biden is going to preserve DACA.

More than 600,000 people benefit from the Obama-era program. Former President Trump waged a war against DACA and Dreamers for political points. Most Americans support DACA and a pathway to citizenship for DACA beneficiaries. With the new executive action, President Biden will instruct the federal government to restore the program to its fullest.

There is still a lawsuit the Biden administration will have to fight. The lawsuit challenging DACA’s legality was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

In total, President Biden will sign 17 executive actions that will roll back several issues created by the previous administration.

“Today, hours after taking the oath of office, President-elect Biden will take a historic number of actions to deliver immediate relief for families across America that are struggling in the face of converging crises. He will sign a combination of executive orders, memoranda, directives, and letters to take initial steps to address these crises, including by changing the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing economic relief, tackling climate change, and advancing racial equity,” reads a statement from the Biden-Harris Transition Team. “President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward. These actions are bold, begin the work of following through on President-elect Biden’s promises to the American people, and, importantly, fall within the constitutional role for the president.”

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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck is opening up about the early 2000s when he and Jennifer Lopez were Hollywood’s It Couple. The duo–formerly known by the moniker “Bennifer”–captivated the world with their glamourous and somewhat surprising courtship.

But the relationship eventually unraveled under the intense pressure of public scrutiny.

In a recent podcast appearance, Affleck revealed just how terrible and racially-charged the criticism on their relationship was.

“People were so f–king mean about her,” he said on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. “Sexist, racist, ugly, vicious s–t was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now, you would literally be fired for saying those things you said.”

“At first At first it was like Dick and Liz [Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor], it was this sort of infatuation: ‘What an interesting couple‘. And then there was a ton of resentment. A ton of resentment against me, a ton of resentment against Jennifer.”

He went on to explain that what was so fascinating about the relationship to the general public–namely, how they had such vastly different backgrounds–wasn’t something he thought twice about.

Affleck went on to sing JLo’s praises, saying that she deserves all of the praise and adulation she now receives.

“Now it’s like, she’s lionized and respected for the work she did, where she came from, what she accomplished–as well she f**king should be!” he said.

“She was very much like the kind of girl I went to high school with,” he explained. “It was a very socioeconomically mixed, ethnically mixed place–those kinds of differences that just seem to shock America were meaningless to me.”

“I would say you have a better shot, coming from the Bronx, of ending up as like [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor on the Supreme Court than you do of having Jennifer Lopez’s career and being who she is at 50 years old today…just on a pure odds level.”

He concluded: “I never met anyone who worked harder than Jennifer Lopez.” On that, we can definitely agree.

Jennifer Lopez has also been candid about how traumatic the public response was back then to her relationship with Ben Affleck.

“I was eviscerated,” she told Vanity Fair in 2017 about the media coverage of her and Ben’s relationship we well as their much-maligned film, “Gigli”. “I lost my sense of self, questioned if I belonged in this business, thought maybe I did suck at everything. And my relationship [with Affleck] self-destructed in front of the entire world. It was a two-year thing for me until I picked myself up again.”

But now, it appears they’re both in happier places. Ben Affleck has two children with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner and JLo is happily engaged to Alex Rodriguez.

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